Fishermen from coastal hamlet will resume fishing operations on August 3 after a week long stir to press for various demands, including the release of 77 fishermen in Sri Lankan custody, as the island nation has set them free.
A resolution to this effect was adopted at a meeting of Fishermen’s associations here today, state Fishermen Association president N Devadoss said.
The fishermen also thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for taking steps to secure the release of 77 fishermen and also her assurance to retrieve 103 boats which are still in the island nation’s custody.
On July 29, Sushma Swaraj had held a high-level meeting with various stakeholders and deliberated on the different aspects of the fishermen issue with Sri Lanka.
The meeting was attended by representatives of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Odisha, 13 representatives from Fishermen’s Association of Tamil Nadu, officials of Prime Minister’s Office, Coast Guard, Ministries of Agriculture, Home, Defence, External Affairs and the Indian Navy.